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Thieves target expensive bicycles in Park City

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The Park City Police Department last week received at least three reports of bicycle thefts, continuing a string of similar cases through the fall.

Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the cases last week were similar in nature to the earlier reports. He said the perpetrators have targeted expensive bicycles. By early September, thefts involving a combined approximately $20,000 worth of bicycles had been logged in Park City and Summit County. The dollar figure does not include the cases reported last week.

Kirk said the perpetrators use tools to cut through locks, meaning they are not only pursuing easier targets like bicycles that are not locked.

"They’re serious bike thieves," Kirk said.

The cases last week included:

  • on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:06 a.m., two bicycles were reported stolen from the bed of a truck on Main Street. The truck was parked in a garage at the time, according to police logs.
  • on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 4:45 p.m., the police received a report of a bicycle theft from a vehicle in a parking garage on Lowell Avenue.
  • on Oct. 14 at 8:56 a.m., a mountain bike was reported stolen on Park Avenue. It was taken off a car in the overnight hours, the police were told. The car was parked at the victim’s home, according to police reports.

    The Police Department investigation is continuing. Kirk suggests bicycles be stored inside a residence or a lodging property instead of a vehicle.

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    The police last week also received at least two reports of vehicle break-ins. It was not clear whether the break-ins were related to the bicycle thefts.

    In one of the break-ins, unspecified personal items were taken from a vehicle along Meadows Drive. The vehicle was not locked, the Police Department was told. The case was logged at 1:59 p.m. on Oct. 16. In the other case, logged at 1:26 p.m. on Oct. 14, a vehicle was reported to have been burglarized in the overnight hours. Public police logs did not provide details.

    Anybody with information about the cases may contact the Police Department at 615-5500. The department also offers a tip line, 615-5847.